Strategic Plan Steering Committee
Follow-up Data on Globalization/Internationalization Scan
Re: International Education/Study Abroad by SU Students – Comments by Rob Hallworth, Director, International Education
For a public university of our size, we are roughly average. Across the country, the average is between 1-2% of the student body going abroad each year. We are in the lower echelon of that (1 - 1.5%) usually (again, based on what I know in terms of numbers). We tend to send most of our students on shorter programs abroad for the winter or summer terms, which is a nationwide trend (that is to say, more students going, but for shorter periods of time).
I would like to see us send at least 150 students abroad each year. The biggest obstacle, as is so often the case, is money. We have increased the number of study abroad scholarships from a couple semesters to about 10 and that has helped some. Also, some students still don't think they can study abroad and graduate on time, but that's a perception I think we are successfully changing. Being able to get to the students early on (during orientation for example) and continuing to make contacts with faculty (even during new faculty orientation, for example) will help.
Here are the numbers:
For 2002-2003 we have already surpassed last year's total. 25 students are abroad this semester (fall), we have approximately 60 set to go abroad on winter programs and have about 15 going for the spring. That puts us at around 100, without factoring in summer study abroad.
In 2001-2002, we saw some downturn (I think due to 9/11 and the economy) and we had a total of 80 students go abroad.
In 2000-2001 we sent 137 students abroad, which is a record from what I can tell with the data.
Our official data for 1999-2000 was 34, but I'm sure we sent more than that.
The same with years prior to that, which were 1998-99 - 19; 1997-1998 - 28; 1996-1997 - 59 (this could actually be accurate, it seems closer to the truth); 1995-1996 - 24. Before 95/96, I don't have any info.
Re: International Students at SU – Comments by Agata Liszkowska
What has been the enrollment pattern over the last decade? It has been increasing steadily. When I started my job 10 years ago, we had maybe 12 students - now we have over 70. My concern is that we are well into December already, and I have only seen three apps for spring.
Where do our students come from by regions of the world? Are our patterns similar to others schools like us? Our students come from everywhere. I think we have a rather even spread throughout regions of the world, versus other, usually large schools, which bring in students from certain areas (please see the attached info sheet or US numbers)
Do we do any recruiting internationally? How does the word about SU get out to international students? What would you recommend we do if we wanted to increase our international numbers? We (Admissions) went recruiting internationally twice, in 2000 and 2001, on Asian tours. It is said that a school must go to one place three times to really reap the recruiting benefits, but we skipped the third year; no one went in 2002. In order to increase numbers we would have to figure out a good strategy, combining international travel with other domestic travels to heavily internationalized community colleges (Montgomery County CC, for example). I also believe that some scholarships would be beneficial. WE only had one, from Sunrise Rotary, for a couple of years, but it looks like we lost this one as well. International students are not eligible for most monies available to domestic students.
I have some information related to recruitment, but since SU has not really made an effort in that direction, my info has to be updated. Say a word, and I can launch a massive search on current tendencies and opportunities.
Current students come for a variety of reasons:
- exchanges with Germany and France (currently 5)
- from Schwabish Gmund campus, which closed: 5
- also family ties, word of mouth. Some students look for a place that is close to the city, but not in, is a state school and offers certain majors. I think our academic programs are very strong, we have been on top of several lists, and that is also attractive. We have a pretty accessible web page, where international students can get admission info easily - I hear that is a good way to keep attention of those who are just looking for prospective institutions.
What would be need to do to me more attractive or welcoming of international students?
Money for sure, but other than that, maybe a quick survey of current students will give us more insights?
Ellen Zinner (12/6/02)